The Saudi regime’s United Nations ambassador, Faysal bin Hassan Trad, was elected in June to head a panel of “independent experts” for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), despite his country’s long track record of human rights violations.
News of Faysal bin Hassan Trad’s election was kept quiet by the U.N. and Saudi Arabia, until it was revealed by the wife of the pro-democracy blogger, Raid Badawi, on Facebook, sparking outrage amongst many human rights activists and groups around the world.
This news could not come out at a worse time for the Saudi regime, as they recently affirmed the death sentence for ‘Ali Mohammad Al-Nimr after his appeal was dismissed by the Saudi Shari’ah Courts; thus, requiring the 20 year old anti-government activist to face death by crucifixion.
‘Ali Mohammad Al-Nimr was arrested at the age of 17 in 2012 and was subsequently indicted by the Saudi Shari’ah Courts for “crimes” against the state government; it was revealed by his family members that ‘Ali was apprehended by Saudi police during an anti-government protest.
For the Al-Nimr family; this news has taken a toll on the family, as they are also fighting for the freedom of Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr (‘Ali’s uncle) after he was apprehended under the same charges as his nephew.
According to members of the Al-Nimr family, ‘Ali was repeatedly tortured by the Saudi police and forced to make false confessions that ultimately led to his death sentence.
Part of ‘Ali Al-Nimr’s death sentence includes torture by crucifixion and then followed by his beheading at the hands of the Saudi Shari’ah Courts.